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Yorgi
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Dec 4, 2017
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I will try to answer some of the questions in this thread since I have owned the IE8 and currently use the IE80.
For starters, the IE8 was Sennheiser's top-of-the line IEM back in its day. They used to sell for $500USD. The IE8 will blow the doors off anything under $300 if you like bass. This drop is an amazing deal - I am buying a set just to keep around as a backup to my IE80.
The cable is replaceable and interchangeable with the IE80 cable. I buy IE8 replacement cables for my IE80 because the cable is softer and has less microphonics issues. If you want a cable with no controls the standard IE8 replacements are available for ~ $30 from Sennheiser. The cable is straight but because of the IE8 design, you have to wear the cable over and behind the ear. The IE8/IE80 come with a pair of hearhooks that snap onto the cable if you want a forced bend but I have never used them.
Isolation is slightly better on the IE8 than the IE80 - up to 26db, which is very good.
The IE8 has the typical Sennheiser house sound. Mid-bass hump with neutral mids and slightly rolled off highs. If you have heard and like the HD580/600/650 headphones then you will like the IE8. The rolled off highs make for less fatiguing long listening sessions. The detail is there, but there is no harshness. There is a bass tuning screw and even when on its lowest setting the bass is pretty much unbelievable. If you are a basshead you will LOVE these. It's not a flabby bass, but a controlled tight thumping bass. Soundstage is also very good for an IEM. The IE80 sounds even better to me. Less mid-bass hump and more very deep bass. Much faster drivers with better mid-range and soundstage. IE80 have slightly better highs than the IE8.
Many different tips come with the IE8 but personally I did not like any of them. You must have a good seal to get the full bass impact. I personally use Comply foamies or UE SuperFi memory foam tips. The memory foam gives me a super tight seal and great isolation from the noisy train ride on my commute.
Dec 4, 2017
Masslol
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Dec 4, 2017
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Do these have a proprietary connector or is it MMCX?
Dec 4, 2017
Yorgi
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Dec 4, 2017
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IE8/IE80 use a proprietary connector, it is not MMCX.
Dec 4, 2017
Masslol
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Dec 4, 2017
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Thanks!
Dec 4, 2017
buchiye
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Jan 16, 2018
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So in your opinion, Do the IE80 justify the cost over the IE8 when it comes to sound quality? Been on the fence buying these. I wanted to save some money to get the new IE80 S. Wish someone writes a good detailed review of those.
Jan 16, 2018
Yorgi
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Jan 16, 2018
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I personally think the IE80 are worth the extra cost over the IE8. If I could only have 1 IEM I would buy the IE80. Still I was surprised at how good these IE8 are in comparison, for $100 I wish I had bought 3 or 4 sets to give as gifts. The IE80 has a slightly more flat sound signature in the mids and slightly better highs. The soundstage and bass on the IE8 are about as good as it gets.
If the new IE80S end up sounding better than the IE80 I will get a set but so far I've seen mixed reviews, hopefully they sound as good as they look
Jan 16, 2018
buchiye
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Jan 16, 2018
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Thank you so much for the reply. I do enjoy listening to lots of audiobooks from audible so I guess the IE80s with their better mid frequencies will be great for me I think. I have been using Sennheiser in ear momentum - HD1 I think they call it now. Have you used that before? Is it similar to the IE8? I didn't like the mid-frequencies there. They were very much recessed on HD1 but also has good bass. Is that bass on IE8 and 80 better than the HD1? Thank you so much again for your comment. Helps me find out which is better for me.
Jan 16, 2018
Yorgi
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Jan 16, 2018
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Sorry, have not tried the Momentum. I see a $129 wired momentum and a $280 wireless version. In my experience lower end Sennheiser IEMs are nowhere near as good as the IE8/IE80. I listen to a lot of female jazz vocals and flat midrange is critical for this. Female vocals sound almost the same to me on the IE80 as the HD600 headphones or my high-end speakers which is very rare for IEMs. I've heard many IEMs at head-fi meets and no IEMs I have heard are better, but don't forget this is very subjective.
If you have heard HD600 I would consider those as the closest to IE80 with even more pronounced bass on the IE80. Maybe look for a store them has HD600 or HD580 on demo. They are very popular.
Jan 16, 2018
buchiye
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Jan 17, 2018
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oh I bought the Sennheiser HD6XX with June Drop and OMG, Without any amp or dac just from my galaxy note 5, they sound absolutely amazing. The base is fantastic. It will take me a little while but I am planning to get Schiit Stack for it. I can't wait how much the sound will be improved with the Schitt. I hear so many great things about the HD600. Never heard it but read so many reviews and if the IE80 comes close to the HD600, it is really worth every penny. Makes me wonder, how much better would the audio be with the likes of IE 800s and Shure 845? Ever had used those before?
Jan 17, 2018
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